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October 17, 2013 03:21 PM EST | AP


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TOP STORIES

BBA--ALCS-RED SOX-TIGERS

DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez, who threw six no-hit innings in Game 1 of the AL championship series, takes the mound for the Tigers against Boston's Jon Lester in Game 5 of a playoff that's all even. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seahawks come to the desert to play the Cardinals in an NFC West matchup. The last time they faced each other was last December in Seattle, and the Seahawks won 58-0. But they've lost five of their last six in Arizona. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. With running. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

BBN--NLCS-DDODGERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals are back home, needing one victory over the Dodgers to reach the World Series. St. Louis, up 3-2, starts rookie Michael Wacha in Game 6 on Friday while Los Angeles goes with ace Clayton Kershaw in a pitching rematch from Game 2. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--Playoffs Notebook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NFL

FBN--BRADY'S POISE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The crowd goes wild. Tom Brady stays calm. Same as always. From the time he was in college to last Sunday's last-minute comeback win, Brady has played under pressure. So when the Patriots have a chance to go ahead in the last two minutes, he's on familiar ground. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-GONZALEZ

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Tony Gonzalez came back for this? The Atlanta tight end put off retirement to make one more run at an elusive championship, but it looks as if he'll come up short again with the Falcons mired in a three-game losing streak and ravaged by injuries. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— HOUSTON — FBN--Texans-Schaub Out. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— GREEN BAY, Wis. — FBN--Packers-Hawk. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs-Selfless Smith. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— PITTSBURGH — FBN--Steelers-Brown's Breakthrough. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BEREA, Ohio — FBN--Browns-Third Down Deficiency. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— LAKE FOREST, Ill. — FBN--Bears-Cutler. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN--Panthers-Davis Comeback. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

— FBN--Pick-6-Back To Reality. — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MANNING RETURNS TO INDY

FBN--MANNING & LUCK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — No disrespect to Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark, but Peyton Manning's never had a group of targets like he has in Denver. Andrew Luck doesn't have it bad in Indianapolis, either. These supporting casts will have a lot to say about who wins Manning's homecoming. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--COLTS-TORN ALLEGIANCES

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Saturday is torn. In Indianapolis, he won two AFC titles and a Super Bowl ring and became one of the city's favorite players. So choosing sides for Sunday night's showdown between Manning's Broncos and his former team is a struggle. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25--MIAMI-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 10 Miami looks to stay unbeaten when it faces North Carolina. The Hurricanes are in the top 10 for the first time since 2009 while the Tar Heels are 1-4. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:45 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-CLEMSON-PUNTROOSKIE

CLEMSON, S.C. — Leroy Butler won a Super Bowl with the Packers and created the Lambeau Leap. But the play he's asked about most often? The puntrooskie. The ex-Florida State star's signature play at Clemson in 1988 turned 25 years old this fall. The No. 5 Seminoles play No. 3 Clemson on Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-PERFECT MARIOTA

EUGENE, Ore. — One of the most notable numbers in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's stat line is 0. That's the number of interceptions he's thrown in the first half of the season. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-UCF-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Central Florida and No. 8 Louisville meet Saturday or just the second time and the first since 1985, but this showdown figures to be interesting. The Knights have held their own against formidable foes and face another in the Cardinals. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— BATON ROUGE, La. — FBC--T25-LSU--Catching Pair. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING, 700 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

— AUBURN, Ala. — FBC--T25-Newton to Manziel. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— SOUTH BEND, Ind. — FBC--Notre Dame-Fox. By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NEW/DEVELOPING

FBN--NFL-PLAYERS LAWSUIT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A federal judge is expected to approve a $50 million settlement between the NFL and retired players. The dispute over publicity rights has caused some of the retirees to opt out in protest that the award is not enough. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words. Hearing starts 3 p.m.

IPO-STAR ATHLETES

SAN FRANCISCO — A brokerage is offering fans a chance to bet on the moneymaking potential of star athletes. The unorthodox and risky opportunity will kick off with an initial public offering of stock that will give investors a stake in the future income of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. By Micheal Liedtke. UPCOMING: 130 words by 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GLF--LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS — A field that includes six players with major titles will compete for FedEx points and a $6 million purse at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. U.S. Presidents Cup players Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson are playing. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

OLYMPICS

FIG--SKATE AMERICA

No pressure or anything, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Not only are the ice dancers the best — and perhaps only — chance for a U.S. figure skating medal at the Sochi Olympics, the expectations are that it will be gold. By National Writer Nancy Armour. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--ROAD TO SOCHI

On Florent Amodio's road to the Winter Games, this is a momentous day: For the first time, the 2011 European champion is trying on and is about to skate in the new costumes he will wear at the Sochi Olympics. By John Leicester. Fourth in a series of how an Olympian prepares. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--SYRACUSE-BOEHEIM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim is about to embark on territory he's only visited one other time in his long tenure at Syracuse — playing in a new conference. It's so long Big East and those heated rivalries and hello Atlantic Coast Conference, where Duke will become the new Georgetown on the Orange schedule. By John Kekis. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — BKC--SEC-Media Day. By John Zenor. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— SAN FRANCISCO — BKC--Pac-12. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— LOUISVILLE, Ky. — BKC--Louisville-Behanan. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKW--SEC-MEDIA DAY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The powerhouse Tennessee Lady Vols are the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference title, but Kentucky is shaping up as a formidable challenger. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— NEW YORK — BKW--Big East-Midia Day. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

FEATURES

HKN--CAPITALS-SLOW START

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals are becoming specialists in slow starts. Slow starts to games — and to seasons. They've dropped five of their first seven games. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BOX--ALVARADO'S AMBITION

DENVER — WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado showed up at his gym wearing a Denver Broncos cap and a Peyton Manning jersey. Alvarado is looking forward to his first title defense in front of the home crowd on Saturday night against Ruslan Provodnikov. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

MMA--UFC 166

HOUSTON — UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos prepare for a rematch at UFC 166 in Houston on Saturday. Velasquez beat Santos in a decision in December to regain the title after Santos won in a knockout in the first meeting in 2011. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

GOLF

— INCHEON, South Korea — GLF--LPGA-Korea. Suzann Pettersen begins title defense Friday at KEB HanaBank Championship. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— PERTH, Australia — GLF--European Tour. Peter Hedblom, trying to keep European Tour card, shares lead with three others after first round of Perth International. SENT: 220 words.

— CONOVER, N.C. — GLF--Champions Tour. Play begins Friday for Greater Hickory Classic on Champions Tour. UPCOMING: 400 words.

— ORLANDO, Fla. — GLF--Father-Son. Jack Nicklaus to play with oldest son in Father-Son Challenge in December. SENT: 130 words.

TENNIS:

— MOSCOW — TEN--Moscow. Ana Ivanovic, Samantha Stosur make Kremlin Cup quarterfinals. SENT: 300 words.

— VIENNA — TEN--Vienna. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches quarterfinals at Erste Bank Open. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 300 words.

— STOCKHOLM — TEN--Stockholm. Ernests Gulbis wins in second round at Stockholm Open. UPCOMING: 130 words by 5 p.m.

— LUXEMBOURG — TEN--Luxembourg. Sloane Stephens makes Luxembourg Open quarterfinals. SENT: 100 words.

— LONDON — TEN--Murray Honored. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray receives royal honor after delay for drug testing. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— PARIS — TEN--Roland Garros Renovation. Plan to renovate Roland Garros approved. SENT: 130 words.

SOCCER

— ZURICH — SOC--FIFA Rankings. Belgium, Colombia, Switzerland will be three of eight seeded teams at World Cup because of their FIFA ranking; U.S. remains No. 13. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— CAIRO — SOC--Egypt-Bradley. Ex-U.S. coach Bob Bradley's future in doubt as Egypt's coach after 6-1 loss to Ghana. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— CAPE TOWN, South Africa — SOC--South Africa-Match Fixing. South African soccer referee arrested for possible match-fixing. SENT: 130 words.

— PARIS — SOC--France-Salary Tax. French soccer clubs to meet on planned super tax but stopping short of strike for moment. SENT: 100 words.

Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)

AL Championship Series (Game 5)

Boston at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.

NFL

Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 10 Miami at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

NHL

Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Nashville, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit at Colorado, 9 p.m.

NBA Preseason

Philadelphia at Charlotte, 11 a.m.

New York vs. Washington at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans vs. Oklahoma City at Tulsa, Okla., 8 p.m.

Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Sacramento, 10 p.m.